Anita Manning

Anita Manning
Born 1 December 1947
Glasgow, Scotland
Occupation Antiques expert,
television personality
Years active 1979–present

Antiques Road Trip

Anita Manning is a Scottish antiques expert and television personality from Glasgow.[1] She is well known for her appearances as an expert and presenter on the BBC's Bargain Hunt, Flog It! and the Antiques Road Trip. She is claimed to be the first female auctioneer in Scotland.[1]


Manning's father used to take her to auctions on Sauchiehall Street, in Glasgow and she grew to love antiques. She first got into the antiques business in the 1970s after buying a bed from an Irish dealer. He offered her a job as a buyer.

After studying Physical Education and specialising in dance at Aberdeen and Edinburgh, Manning was a teacher before getting married and having children. As a young mother, she developed a knowledge of antiques buying furniture from auctions. After her first visit to Glasgow as a buyer, she bought and sold furniture in England and Ireland for about three years, driving all around the country in a truck.[2]

Along with her daughter Lala, Manning has run the Glasgow auction house, Great Western Auctions, since 1989.[3] Manning's son lives in Hong Kong, while her mother lived in Australia for the last 35 years of her life.[1]

In 2016 Manning set a new record for the largest profit on a single item on the Antiques Road Trip. A Buddha statue she had purchased for £50 sold for £3,800, a 7,500% profit.[4]


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